Know What Software To Uninstall With Should I Remove It?

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Should I Remove It?Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve put out many articles reviewing and highlighting software that allows you to completely and cleanly uninstall applications from your system. Often times, you’ll install a program that seems to stick and either doesn’t come with an uninstaller or doesn’t seem to uninstall in its entirety. An application like GeekUninstaller can definitely help you with that.

One issue many of you run into is not knowing what applications are essential, and otherwise bloat, in your list of installed programs. When you buy a new PC, it’s going to come with at least one or two things that are installed that you are going to want to immediately remove. It’s just how business works once the computer is purchased and unboxed, and I can’t see it stopping any time soon. Therefore, educate yourself. You need a way to know what is bloatware and what isn’t. Should I Remove It? will tell you just that.

Should I Remove It?’s Purpose

The idea behind Should I Remove It? is to create a database of applications that users like you and I have on our systems and monitor how frequently certain ones are removed. Those that are removed most often can then be analyzed to determine why they are being removed. You would probably guess that, in most instances, it would be software that includes heavy advertisements, free trial offers, and more.

Should I Remove It?

Should I Remove It? works perfectly with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. It’s been positively reviewed by several major websites and has received high marks and awards from sites like CNET.

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The application’s website itself is worth appreciating.

Should I Remove It?

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The website is put together very nicely and the design is beautiful and clean. When software presents itself to you like this, it comes across as worth trusting and professional. After using Should I Remove It? for some time, I can say it qualifies in both regards.

Using Should I Remove It?

Upon installing Should I Remove It?, you’ll need to give it a few minutes to run through your PC and find all installed programs.

Should I Remove It?

Afterwards, Should I Remove It? will come up with a list of all of your installed applications. They will be sorted by removal rate, with the most removed programs being first and the least removed being last.

Analyzing Your Results

Should I Remove It?

As you can see in the screenshot above, I’ve only got a single program installed on my PC with a removal rate over 50%. Coincidentally enough, I have previously reviewed that piece of software; Toolbar Cleaner cleans your browser toolbars. Before you go and immediately uninstall an application, you should click the What is it? button.

Should I Remove It?

This will bring up an extremely extensive page telling you everything you could ever want to know about the software. The first thing they do is tell you what the software is. From there, you can see program details and files that are installed by the application. You’re able to see what IP the software makes any connections to, and you can see how much memory and CPU usage it consumes.

Should I Remove It?

Further down the page, there are graphs that show what OS the software is found most often on, and where in the world the application is installed the most. You’re also able to see which PC manufacturers have it installed the most. There’s not another application or online database that offers as much information as Should I Remove It? seems to, and that’s why it’s an excellent piece of software.

That being said, in this example it seems that Toolbar Cleaner is most often uninstalled because there is a path during the program’s installation that allows you to opt out of installing some annoying adware on your system. As I said in my article regarding the software, you want to be very careful that you avoid this. Most probably don’t, and therefore Toolbar Cleaner and its parts are removed from the system. That, or all toolbars you could have ever wanted to clean have been removed, and it’s time to remove the program as well.

Uninstalling Software With Should I Remove It?

Following through and uninstalling an application is as simple as tabbing back into the application window and clicking the appropriate button.

Conclusion

There are a few pieces of software of this type, but Should I Remove It? handles it better than any. It identifies bloat that we may not even know about rather than simply relying on the user’s manual input.

What do you think of Should I Remove It? Could you see it as a software to help you? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Comments (24)
  • Tammy

    Ok I am basically computer newbie, use to Xp run computers, and learning 7…but just bought a new Lenevo laptop with win8 on it, lots of stuff that I have no idea if I need or want…I dont download many books, I like my music and movies so dont know if I need like 3 dvd/cd crap and what is safe to remove…and this site doesn’t explain and I dont want to add another download just to learn what to remove…so you are no help

    • Druv B

      Thats a really old post my friend!! Anyways we are here to help whenever we can. So you just bought a new laptop. Congrats!! But as usual its filled with softwares you might never use. Just eating space and resources. Did you receive any help for removing those?! How full is your list of installed programs?! Maybe those applications are running are running in the background?! Its tricky to know what to keep and what not. Were you able to do it on your own?!

      Reply back if you need more help…

  • Nithin singh

    Software refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of the computer. With the help of software we can do our work more easily.

  • Passerby

    I haven’t tried shouldiremoveit program yet. I have only used its site. I don’t really trust its program enough. The site is fine and very useful though. I don’t really have a problem with adware or such things since I always read carefully before installing any programs. I also don’t install any program I can’t trust.

    Sadly, my brother does install software recklessly, which make his computer completely riddled with adware, spyware, bloatware etc. It was such a pain removing all those things from his computer that I have considered formatting his drive and re-installing windows again (I didn’t do that though). He can’t read English very well so he just clicks next and next and next.

  • dragonmouth

    Why would I put the removal of any software to a vote? I don’t care if the entire Windows user base declares that the software is the “Greatest Thing SInce Sliced Bread”, if I don’t like it or I don’t want it, it is GONE. That is why I removed Windows from all my PCs years ago.

  • Raj S

    Thanks. Looks Great to me.

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